90-year-old Kingston artist crosses item off bucket list

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The first Ruth Gordon Art Show was held in a small gallery in Kingston after a local art expert noticed her work in 2018 – Jan 5, 2019

Ruth Gordon, 90, has spent the past 50 years creating art after her husband passed away. Gordon grew up in Sydenham and remembers always having a large imagination that led to a life filled with creative expression, never labeling herself an artist.

“I never considered myself as an artist until my daughter Phyllis married Ted,” said Gordon.

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On Saturday, Gordon’s son-in-law, Ted Rettig, set up an art show to showcase Gordon’s recent work — a dream Gordon says she has had for many years. Luckily for her, Rettig is a fine arts professor at Queen’s University and has taken a special interest in her work.

“(Gordon) is largely self-taught and has an amazing natural talent. She uses visual language in a very sophisticated way,” said Rettig.

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A technique that caught Rettig’s eye was one Gordon used in her Pergamano pieces, which included lampshades and greeting cards. Gordon created the pieces by embossing parchment paper with a small tool to create flowers and other designs.

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The Ruth Gordon Art show was held at the Verb Gallery in Wayfarer Books store and was filled to capacity with family and supporters of Gordon’s work.

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